msnbc | March 08, 2012
>>> in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in america. but it turns out the women of america aren't finished yet and we can shatter that glass ceiling .
>> so that is from the new hbo drama "game change" which premieres in washington, d.c. tonight. then the film premieres to the country saturday on hbo. julianne moore plays sarah palin and i was lucky enough to be there, and i have to tell you it's great stuff. riveting stuff. julianne moore is fantastic playing the part of sarah palin . sarah palin 's camp said they wouldn't watch it, but they did. and they called it a work of fiction. and the screenwriter is here. and aides to sarah palin posted a statement on the super pac website. it said it's a series of scenes where the participants are invented or rendered unrecognizable for dramatic effect. what's your reaction to their kickback to this?
>> we stand by the film as being completely accurate and truthful and representing what happened. it's true. the movie is true. you know, steve schmidt, the lead character in the film, played by woody harrelson , he has been on the record of that's what happened.
>> so you don't take any creative license anywhere?
>> sometimes you do, sure, but this this particular film because it was so hot button, it's such a controversial subject matter, that i would say this is as accurate of an event that we could possibly do.
>> all right, so as i said, we were there last night. my executive producer and i were there. it was fantastic. everyone in the film is excellent. woody harrelson , ed harris as john mccain , he's great. he even had his walk down. julianne moore for her portrayal as sarah palin . hits it out of the park because as a person watching this and someone who lived through the history of this as a journalist, it made sarah palin seem very compassionate as a mother, but it also showed a lot of openings in the armor of her as a politician. and that she might not have been prepared to be thrust on to the world stage in such an important role and in such a fast way. is that the take away for most people out of the film?
>> well, i think a lot of people who have seen the film have been surprised about how sympathetic they are towards sarah palin , particularly what she was going through. which, you know, based on exactly what you were just saying, you know, a politician who was basically a local politician, a mayor of a small town. governor of the state of alaska for just 18 months. and then overnight thrust into the national stage right in the heat of a presidential election. nothing more challenging than that. it was difficult for her.
>> her son was serving in iraq, her daughter was pregnant.
>> she just had a baby.
>> she just had a baby within four to five months of being asked to join the ticket. so a lot of things were going on, as well as her responsibilities as governor of the state of alaska.
>> tons of pressure.
>> is the vet or the lack thereof the biggest surprise revealed in "game change?"
>> i think there's a lot of surprises. especially leading up to her debate prep and how challenging that was for her. you know, another thing that you'll see is not just how challenging things are for her, but how hard she worked. and how she really was doing her best. i think that is how -- why a lot of people are feeling a sense of sympathy for her and a deeper understanding of what she went through during that campaign.
>> danny, for people who want to see sarah palin run for office in any capacity, whatever office that may be, do you think this movie is going to help her or hurt her in any future political opportunities?
>> well, the movie is the truth and i think that deserves to be out there and for people to decide if she should higher office.
>> i know you're jumping on the train headed to washington, d.c. washington , look out. here comes danny.
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